October 26, 2009
NEAR Shoemaker focused on a group of large boulders on Eros' horizon for this picture, taken on June 19, 2000, from an altitude of 51 kilometers (32 miles). One of the boulders (marked by the arrow) is about 30 meters (98 feet) high and has a large overhang on its right side. The right-hand tip of the boulder is about 10 meters (33 feet) off the ground, providing a space under the overhang large enough to park a tractor-trailer truck. The whole scene is approximately 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles) across.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Environment, Horizontal coordinate system, Horizon, Celestial coordinate system, Overhang, Semi-trailer truck, design, EROS, NEAR Shoemaker, 433 Eros, Technology